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St. Patrick’s Breastplate and Celtic Christianity, a day of quiet exploration and inspiration

All are invited to St. Patrick’s Breastplate and Celtic Christianity, a day of quiet exploration and inspiration led by the Rev. Ray Ball, U.S. Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda, from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday, March 16, 2019, at St. Christopher Fort Worth.  The occasion marks the 25th year since the inception of the Community of Aidan and Hilda (CA&H). Participants will “delve deeply into those prayer experiences that can change our conventional way of experiencing faith into a vital, living relationship…

All Saints’ presents “Organized Rhythm” concert

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, invites all to a free  ‘Organized Rhythm’ concert at 7:30 pm February 22, 2019, at All Saints,’ Fort Worth. One half of the organ/percussion “Organized Rhythm” duo is Grammy award-winning, multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley. The other half is All Saints’ organist and choirmaster Clive Driskill-Smith, one of the leading organists of his generation. There will be a reception for all following the performance. The duo will perform works ranging from Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland to several…

Observe Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday on March 10

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry invited all Episcopalians to join together in observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 10, 2019. “As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus this Lent, we know that living out God’s love for the world is our ultimate goal,” said Curry. “I invite all congregations to devote a Sunday in Lent to reflect on the life-giving work of Episcopal Relief & Development and to demonstrate God’s love by…

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to make Lenten visit

Former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who played a key role in the continuation of this diocese, will celebrate and preach at a Eucharist at 6:15 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. This will be followed by a soup supper. A discussion and Q&A during supper will be on “Spirituality Out in Public.” All are welcome to the worship service and soup supper, but reservations are required so St. Christopher can prepare adequately. On…

Thomas Brown elected bishop in Maine

The Rev. Thomas Brown, rector of The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts, was elected the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner was among the candidates on the slate announced on November 8, 2018, by the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Waggoner said, “Today, Saturday, February 9, the people of the Diocese of Maine elected the Rev. Thomas Brown as their next bishop. It was…

Texas Supreme Court to consider briefing; petitions for review still under consideration

On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Texas Supreme Court said it would like to consider briefing on the merits before deciding whether to take up the breakaways parties’ petition for review of the Fort Worth Court of Appeals April 2018 opinion in favor of the loyal Episcopalians of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and our conditional cross-petition for review. The conditional cross-petition asserted additional grounds to prevail in the litigation. The petitions for review are still under consideration by the Supreme Court.…

Prayer Cycle – 2019

The churches and people of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth pray continuously for each other, for our brothers and sisters throughout the Anglican Communion, and for those who have separated from us. Download Prayer Cycles The diocesan prayer cycle offers two PDF documents for the entire calendar year. One is for Sundays and one for weekdays (Monday-Saturday). EDFW Prayer Cycle – 2019 – Sundays (PDF) EDFW Prayer Cycle – 2019 – Weekdays (PDF) Throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion, daily prayer for provinces, dioceses,…

Corrie Cabes, postulant, preaches at Jonathan Daniels Evensong

Corrie Cabes, a postulant for Holy Orders in the diocese, preached at the Jonathan Daniels Evensong service on Tuesday, February 5, at Christ Chapel at Seminary of the Southwest  in Austin.  Drew Brislin from Diocese of Alabama led the service. Cabes’ sermon centered on a conversation with The Rev. Judy Upham about her experience during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s and particularly about knowing Daniels and serving alongside him. Read the sermon. Upham told Cabes that “nether of…

Episcopalians invited to join Lutherans at Legislative Event

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature is underway in Austin and Texas Episcopalians have been invited by Texas Lutherans to join their 2019 Legislative Event from Sunday, March 17, to Tuesday, March 19, at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. The Lutherans have done this and the Methodist Women have done a similar event for many years. Registration is $100 and includes all event activities and Sunday dinner and Monday lunch and dinner. Attendees pay their own hotel…

Conference for nonprofit communicators

TCU is offering an inexpensive conference for communicators who work for nonprofits. Communicators for local churches have found this conference to have helpful information for their work. The theme for the  11th Annual TCU Nonprofit Communicators Conference on Friday, May 17, 2019, is Communication for Social Good, Impact, Authenticity & Executive Presence.  It will be at TCU’s Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, TX  7610, with free parking is next door to the center, or in the parking garage just north of…

Diocesan office moves temporarily

Drying up flood water, removing asbestos, jackhammering the floor, replacing pipes, pouring concrete, carpeting, painting – yikes! The diocesan office is closed for an indeterminate period of time, a result of water from a plumbing leak running all night long several days ago, and the staff has moved to temporary offices. The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner said, “Best guess is that we’ll be back in the office sometime the middle of March.” The office staff is running a pool on…

Sacred Ground, a resource on race and faith

On February 1, 2019, The Episcopal Church announced a new film-and-reading based dialogue series on race and faith. This is part of the church’s continuing commitment to racial reconciliation, a priority set by General Convention and upheld by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings. The series includes the stories of Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian American histories “as they intersect with European American histories. . . Sacred Ground is especially targeted to help white…

Leadership Training Day set for all lay and ordained leaders

All lay and ordained leaders are invited to a Leadership Training Day from 9:30 to 3 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019,  at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Keller. Bishop Scott Mayer said, “This is the first leadership training session the diocese has offered in several years, and I urge all vestry members, and clergy in leadership roles in congregations to attend. The workshop topics were planned in response to questions and issues raised by leaders in various congregations so the material…

Bradley Dyche installed as rector at St. Luke’s, Stephenville

The Rev. Bradley Callaway Dyche was installed as rector of St. Luke’s, Stephenville, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, by Bishop Scott Mayer. The Rev. David Krause,  Interim Rector of St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Temple, was the preacher. He was the Canterbury Chaplain at Texas Tech University where Dyche began to discern a call to ordained ministry. Listen to a podcast of the sermon. Watch a short video of the evening, on YouTube or below. See more photos at the diocesan…

New president, lay member of Standing Committee elected

The Standing Committee of the diocese elected a new president and a new lay member in the wake of the death of Norm Snyder of Good Shepherd, Granbury, who was serving as president at the time of his death on December 18.  In the event of a resignation or death, the canons direct the Standing Committee to elect new members and officers. Bob Hicks of St. Christopher, Fort Worth, was elected president and David Skelton of St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, was elected…

Traveling the way of love – new video series

The Episcopal Church Office of Communication has announced a new video series, Traveling the Way of Love. Episcopalians are invited to join host Chris Sikkema, manager for special projects, The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, as he journeys across The Episcopal Church in search of stories of the ways people in the church are engaged in the seven practices which encompass the Way of Love. “The thing that I find most life giving and wonderful is going around and listening…